Four generations of ice-cream making have honed Amato Gelato's 500 varieties of premium ice-cream, sorbets, yoghurts and speciality desserts into exquisite palate-pleasing confections that are impossible to resist. Beautifully displayed in an imported Italian glass case, 72 flavours are available at any one time in any one of their cafes and these varieties are regularly rotated so that every time you visit you will find a new ice-cream or sorbet to try.
Flavours such as chocolate peanut butter, black sesame, red pepper, and lychee are among the ice-creams that can be ordered by the scoop in a tub or a cone and eaten in Amato Gelato's cafe or taken home in 500ml or 1l containers. Gelato cakes, pies and tortes include Tiramisu Gelato Torte, Turtle Pie and Gianduia Gelato Torte. Amato Gelato will also create customised ice-cream cakes for you, given a few days' notice.
We tried one scoop of blackberry sorbet in a tub and two scoops of pistachio and chocolate chip cookie dough in a cone, both of which were delicious and cost about CN$4.15 a scoop. The large, ice-cream parlour style seating area inside is supplemented by a few tables and chairs outside, which is where we elected to sit as it was a lovely, sunny day.
Calgary's Kensington Road Amato Gelato café is one of two in the city and one of seven in the province of Alberta. The first café, established in 1998, is in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is also home of the LoScerbo family, owners of the Mario's Gelati brand of ice-creams and products sold in Amato Gelato.
Mario LoScerbo emigrated from Italy to Canada in the early 1960s, bringing with him the ice-cream making expertise of his grandfather and father and a background working as a pastry chef in Milan and Switzerland. He opened his first restaurant in the 1970s, where he soon discovered that his gelati desserts were a big hit with his customers, so much so that he decided to move into the ice-cream business full-time.
All of the ice-cream and sorbet products sold in Amato Gelato are produced in Mario's Gelati facility in Vancouver. As well as selling to customers through its retail outlets, the company supplies many large hotel and restaurant chains and international airlines across North America, Asia and South America. Mario's Gelati is also a major supplier to Asian restaurants in western Canada, its willingness to create flavours specifically for Asian palates finding favour with this community.
Reputedly one of Amato Gelato's most famous customers was Prince Charles, heir to the throne in the United Kingdom, who was hosting a dinner at a major Vancouver Hotel in the late 1990s and requested stilton ice-cream for dessert, which was created specially for the occasion.